Mental Health Care Nurse

University of Queensland
July 24, 2024
Offerd Salary:$108,975
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Contract Type:fixed term position
Working Time:Full time
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  • Student Affairs Division and UQ Health Care.

  • Full-time fixed term position through to December 2025 with a salary in the range $108,975.08 to $122,176.31 + 17% superannuation.

  • Bring your excellent assessment skills to be part of a committed and passionate team of allied health professionals focused on student mental health and wellbeing.

  • Using a holistic approach to mental health, make a genuine impact as a part of two multidisciplinary teams with a range of client presentations from a diverse, mostly student population.

  • Based at our St Lucia campus

  • About UQ

    The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia's leading research and teaching institutions. UQ has a community of 70,000 people, and subscribes to the World Health Organisation (WHO) approach to mental health as a state of wellbeing where every individual can:

  • realise their own potential,

  • cope with the stressors of life, and

  • live life productively and fruitfully whilst contributing to their community.

  • This role within the UQ Health Care (UQHC) and the University's Student Affairs Division (Student Affairs) will assist and enhance existing mental health services for the University's 56,000-strong student population.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • 17% superannuation contributions

  • 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • UQ Study for Staff

  • On campus childcare options

  • Discounted parking (from just $5.75 a day)

  • Salary packaging options

  • About This Opportunity

    The aim of the position is to provide improved access to mental health services at UQ and improve outcomes in terms of recovery and relapse prevention. The main patient/client population is young adults and is culturally diverse.

    The role-holder will enhance existing mental health services by developing and overseeing Mental Health intake arrangements and undertaking new patient assessments for Student Affairs Mental Health clients and UQHC Mental Health patients (St Lucia and Gatton clinics).

    The role-holder will also work with staff across UQ in student-facing service positions to empower basic competencies in pastoral care.

    Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Intake and bump out triage.

  • Educate and empower pastoral care among service providers across UQ.

  • Provision of triage functions within Student Services, such as assessment of risk, urgency and internal/external referral options for all students including those at high risk and/or with complex needs.

  • Provide appropriate and high-level clinical care including establishing a therapeutic relationship with the patient, liaising closely with family and carers (as appropriate), GPs, psychologists, allied health professionals, psychiatrists, and other relevant staff while regularly reviewing the patient's mental state, monitoring and ensuring the patient's quality use of their medication, and providing information on physical health care to patients.

  • Facilitate opportunities for students to engage with clubs, societies and /or social networks on campus and provide support for UQ wellbeing initiatives and activities.

  • Compliance with work, health and safety policies, procedures.

  • This is a Full-time, Fixed term position to December 2025. At HEW Level 8 , the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range of $108,975.08 to $122,176.31 plus a generous super allowance of up to 17% superannuation. The total FTE package will be in the range $127,500.84 – $142,946.28 per annum.

    About You


  • Education, training, and/or relevant experience equivalent to a tertiary qualification in nursing or health combined with substantial post- qualifying experience with a minimum of two years' experience delivering mental health nursing care.

  • Current registration as a Mental Health Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA) with sound knowledge and understanding of QLD and National Legislation governing area of practice (e.g., Mental Health Act, QLD 2016).

  • Proven experience in patient assessment, case management, individual and group therapy, and recent acute inpatient and/or community experience.

  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to clients from a diverse range of backgrounds.

  • Sound digital literacy skills with the ability to use a range of software packages.

  • Appointment to this position requires certified copies for proof of qualification/registration/membership with the appropriate authority within Australia to be provided to their manager, prior to the commencement of clinical duties.


  • Credentialing with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses would be highly regarded.

  • Possession of a post-graduate qualification in mental health or mental health nursing at a Graduate Diploma or Master's level, or evidence of enrolment in such a programme is highly desirable.

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

  • Mandatory Immunisation: The employee to be, and remain, vaccinated against the following vaccine preventable diseases during their employment: measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), pertussis (whooping cough) and hepatitis B.

  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Sheldon Pace at [email protected].

    For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter summarising how your background aligns to the ‘About You' section

  • Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume', which is step one of the application form.

    Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with a disability, or age. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close Wednesday 24 July 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R - 40440).

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